A postdoctoral position is available in the Kovach lab at the University of New Hampshire in population genomics/genetics. The postdoctoral scientist will work on collaborative projects that develop and utilize genomic/genetic techniques to address questions of both fundamental and applied nature. Primary areas of interest include studying adaptive variation and signatures of selection, identifying environmental correlates of gene flow, and developing high-resolution marker panels from genomic resources.
The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to two primary areas of inquiry:
1) Genomic investigations of adaptation in tidal marsh sparrows, including intra and interspecific patterns of neutral and adaptive gene flow in relation to environmental gradients, the genetic basis of adaptations to tidal marshes, and the development of genomic resources for a study of migratory connectivity; this project involves a collaboration within the Salt/Marsh Habitat and Avian Research program (www.tidalmarshbirds.org).
2) Adaptive variation, demographic connectivity, and the spatial scale of gene flow for Atlantic cod in the US waters using whole genome resequencing; this project has applied goal of stock identification to inform fisheries management about biological population structure in relation to the recovery of collapsed cod stocks. Opportunities may also exist to contribute to ongoing landscape and conservation genetics research of imperiled New England Cottontails. Possibilities exist in each of these projects for outreach to the public and stakeholders, including natural resources managers, fisheries scientists, and fisherman.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. and prior research experience with population genetics/genomics and bioinformatics. Additional qualifications include laboratory bench skills, quantitative skills, excellent writing and communication skills, and a demonstrated interest in working in a highly collaborative environment. An ecological background and interest in conservation science are desirable.
To apply: send a brief research statement (1-2 pages) that includes relevant skills and experiences for the project and future goals, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to Adrienne Kovach: : firstname.lastname@example.org
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.